I did not like AS V10 pads I bought last year. The problem with English brands is that they outsource their pads and gloves. I am not sure whether there is a way to buy from the Indian manufacturers. The only option I have right now is from Malik or CA (your review tilts me towards Malik) but I want to see if I have any other options.
I don't think Boom Boom softs are being made at Ihsan this year. Maybe they have different models for different markets.
Actually Pakistani gloves are really catching up with England brands. I'm not saying this because I have them but MB gloves are very good and many English people are saying they are very good (James, Mike etc)
The problem I have with Asian pads is that they are bulky from knee area, even with knee roll some Asian pads eg SS Matrixx they don't wrap well. This is what I have seen and noticed.
No, this years Boom Boom softs are not made by Ihsan nor I think they are made by Pakistani brand. I'll try my best to find out who makes them.
These new CA Plus pads which Misbah wears looks good and seem to be wrapping well along the legs so I'm not too sure about that. One PPer have them so we can ask him.
Is there anything particular which you don't like about AS V10 pads?
My friend bought SS Matrixx and he complained they were bulky and didn't feel well so they were the best Indian pads in my opinion which I rated very high. But after this instance I have second thoughts...
The CA 12000 Plus I have are very bulky for me but they fit perfectly fine to my brother.
Why don't you buy English pads and buy skins to make them coloured? The fitting on English pads is the best (of course) and in my opinion it is better than Pakistani and Indian pads.
CD is right - it is next to impossible to get coloured pads from main manufacturers - I am not sure if you can custom order them directly through the manufacturer.
There are places in Pakistan that will colour the pads for you without spray painting them. I know of one supplier here in Toronto that sells coloured pads (not any name brand) as he has a supplier in Pakistan who does it for him.